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Popcon Asia lights up city with creative talent

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, August 12, 2016  /  09:45 pm
Popcon Asia lights up city with creative talent

PopCon Asia 2016 runs from Friday to Sunday at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) in Senayan, Central Jakarta. (JP/Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak)

Homegrown creators have gathered for Popcon Asia 2016, the fourth installment of the largest pop culture festival in the region, which opened on Friday.

The event is to run until Sunday at the Jakarta Convention Center in Senayan, Central Jakarta, bringing together eminent talents in comics, toys and games, animation and films from home and abroad.

Stars of the creative industry attending the event include illustrator Ross Tran and cinematographer Russel Carpenter from the US, webtoon artist Park Taejoon of South Korea, Singaporean illustrator Stanely Lau and Dutch comic artist Peter van Dongen.

Indonesia's own creators set to dazzle the convention include comic artist Sweta Kartika, Emte, Faza Meonk and Alti Firmansyah, as well as the founder of Layaria Network, Dennis Adhiswara.

Popcon Asia founder Grace Kusnadi said the festival played an important role in developing the industry.

"We underline the need for the creators to realize their intellectual property rights at this year's Popcon," she said at the preview on Thursday evening attended by South Korean and French diplomats and Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) head Triawan Munaf.

Bekraf took part in the festival to facilitate the talents with capacity -building measures aiming to add value to the products.

This year's Popcon is aiming to attract 40,000 visitors to 225 stands available. Last year, the festival attracted 37,000 visitors and recorded over Rp 25 billion in transactions.

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